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Races, Training, HUGE Dreams, Laying in the grass, Staying on your toes & Listening to your heart.

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Well. The first big race of the season has come and gone.

St Anthonys Race Recap

T. Scott Cook - 9th Place Age Group 55-59 years
Aubrey Jeanne Cook - 9th Place Elite Amateur

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It was a much needed father daughter race weekend. The swim was shortened, which made the transition run a long one. Bike was flat, fast and felt smooth. Run, got a bit hot but my overall race plan was executed well thru the finish line. Gained some quality knowledge to apply in the future and made some memories. No complaints (Except for the shortened swim!)

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Training Weekend

The EK Endurance Crew @ the Boulder Triathlon Club Duathlon
2 mile run - 12 mile ride - 2 mile run

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Saturday
BTC Duathlon, 2 hour post race ride, lunch/brew with the crew, treats and snoozin'

Sunday
Swim clinic & Run @ Magnolia Drive (EPIC)
(And of course some time in 'the boots' at fuelery recovery center)

Quote of the Moment:

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Up & Coming Countdowns:

Astronauts/Dinosaurs: 4 days
Summer Open Triathlon: 12 days
Boulder Sunrise: June 1st
Elite Development Washington: June 22nd

Here's to peace, big dreams and magnolia drive
Aubs

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Being dumb because we can

Denver - Orlando

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Glimpses of the Week

Turns out that not everyone is accustomed to women in spandex foam rolling their body in akward positions out in public. At Garden of the Gods after a brick workout, I laid out my yoga mat and plopped down on the oversized rolling pin to work thru some connection point tightness. A rather traditionally dressed Indian family passed by….after the adults made an uncomfortable triple-take on me they grabbed their small children by the arms, pulled them in close and very literally shielded their eyes. Just for the record, I was wearing long cycling pants and a t-shirt style jersey. #iwasstretchingNOTstripping

This week I was fortunate enough to witness two men, well into their 80’s offer one another a fist-bump as they completed a water fitness class and made their way out of the pool.#ageingright

And this happened:
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Revelations

If you have the ability to be honest with yourself even when it is difficult, then maybe you’ll be more likely to stay on a path of upward progression.

There are a lot of fancy e-cards, quotes and other easily post-able garbage about only looking forward, not looking back blah blah blah. I now officially veto that strategy. Instead, I am going to ‘’move upward’’. Placing more emphasis on living, loving and embracing myself in a heightened and renewed way. Having more of a birds eye advantage will enable me to better grip the whole picture. I want to be able to see where I’ve been, where I am and where I am going all at once.

You can’t simply disregard events of your past just because they are over. After all, those experiences are the reasons you are where you are and how you are. I think the values, experiences and lessons gained need to remain a constant part of us as we grow. “Moving forward” means that those roots will inevitably get further and further behind us. Which is not the plan. Roots take a long time to build. Let’s all make ourselves more capable of holding our roots strong WHILE we rise continuously toward the sun.

So. For now, upward! It is all just up, up and up.

Race Preview

A rather wise triathlete explained to me the value of planning your race as three separate races, with three separate possible outcomes in each.
I spent some time thinking about this and what it means to me. As I see it this race planning/goal setting strategy is like sunglasses. There are your bright and rose-colored lenses (aka everything goes better than you hoped, 100% awesome, your ‘reach’ scenario) There are then the non-tinted, clear view lenses. A consistent performance , where nothing is too far inside or outside your box. And of course the scenario where you accidentally show up wearing someone elses vision prescription, heavily tinted snow goggles covered in scratches (aka everything just falls apart. aka poop.)

MY GLASSES FOR ST. ANTHONYS

1K Swim (Pace per 100yards)
Rose- 1:24 (22:35)
Clear- 1:29 (23:58)
Poop- 1:33+ (25:11)

T1 Target – 1:05

40K Bike (Based on time from 2012)
Rose- Sub 1:07
Clear- 1:08
Poop- 1:10+

T2 Target – Sub 1:00

10K Run
Rose- 41:20
Clear- 42:00
Poop- 44:00+

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Countdown:
Race Time: 39 Hours

Quote of the Moment:
“To get there all you have to do is choose to begin now”

Here’s to peace, moving upwards and skype dates,
Aubrey

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Boston

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Reflections

The other day I was on the treadmill. Since winter finally caught up to the great state of Colorado. (I suppose we were really pushing it with the last three months of 50 degree days and sunshine) Anyways.

My treadmill internal dialouge usually goes something like this:
"Ugh. Treadmills suck, like totally suck. This is going to take forever. Why didn't I just bundle up and where ice-skates for my run, at least that would be entertaining. Ok, only 57 more minutes..I can do this. AHHH No I can't this sucks. This sucks. Ok, deep breath. 54 minutes to go....." And so on.

However, this last experience was a bit different. I was running indoors the day after the Boston marathon. Watching the news and hearing the stories of heartbreak really puts things back into perspective. So this day, indoors or not my internal dialogue was more like:
"Wow. I get to run today. I am so thankful. Thumping along on this conveyer belt is still a blessing. Hmpf..already 40 minutes in. This feels smooth. Hey, I get to run today, with my own two blistered up feet with only 8 toenails, but I still get to run. Maybe I'll run a little bit extra for those who need a little bit extra right now...." and so on.

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So the next time you run, I challenge you to run for yourself and feel blessed for every step you take, run for those who can no longer run, run for those who will start running because of this tragedy, run for those who will have to fight to run again, and run for those who chose to run towards chaos to try and help.

Other News:

Hellloooooo Focus! Where have you been the past month?
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Had some great workouts recently, specifically feeling like a machine in the water these days. Can't wait to see how things piece together at the end of this month. Race season is officially heating up and from here on out it is going to fly by.

Things change. Some things need time to grow.
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It takes lots of time, patience and persistence to learn how to nurture a garden. You can have the most stubborn seeds, but plant them in the wrong season and they won't make it to bloom. Instead, hang on to those seeds tightly, show them love and kindness. Rest assured....spring will come.

Ms. Deely is taking a vacation
She'll be in Massachusetts hanging out grandma and grandpa (my parents) and with her sister for the summer. But Colorado is totally her true scene, and she'll be rockin' the mountains again this fall.
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Found my Colorado Springs version of Mrs. Murphys!!!
It only took 14 months but I finally have "my coffee shop" Sweet. Now I can start dropping 2 bucks a day on my caffeine habit. Maybe I need to re-think this as a 'win'

Quote of the Moment:

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark....
The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.” Ann Rynd
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Countdown:

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St. Anthonys:
10 DAYS

Official Goal:
Sub 2:17 & Finish Top 10 Elite Amateur Division

A pretty ambitious early season goal, at an extremely competitive race. However, if everything falls together just right...no room for error. I could surprise even myself.

Here's to peace, cereal mix and taking it up a level,
Aubrey

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Multisport and Life

self reflection through action

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Lessons Learned

While Riding:
1. Things may not actually be as bad as one fears
2. Face your fears
3. Only your legs will get you where you need to go.
4. Traveling on a familiar road can be uplifting
5. The wind in your face is better than stagnant air.
6. The wind on your back only makes the effort easier, not necessarily better
~Courtesy of my Dad.

While Running Intervals:
1. Suffering makes you stronger.
2. Mental strength can get you through anything.
3. Be quick. Be slow. Just don't stop moving.
4. Once you find your rhythm don't let anything take it away.
5. Some days will feel good. Others not so good. Either way at least your feeling something.

Pool Workouts:
1. Something can look inviting and still surprise you.
2. Something can look miserable and still surprise you.
3. You'll never find yourself moving backwards in a pool, so don't let your mind move backwards either.
4. Breathe. To both sides. So you can practice balance in the simplest way.
5. You get out what you put in.

And Always Remember:
Even on the cloudiest of days the sun is still shining just as bright.
And that is something that not even time will change.

Guess Who Loves Colorado?
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Countdown:
St Anthonys EA: 29 Days

Quote of the day:
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Here's to peace, new places and taking deep breaths,
Aubrey

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Races 1 & 2

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T-Minus 48 Hours

The travel games officially began. Thursday was kicked off with an easy run, a nice breakfast and some time packing. Spent the day with the kiddos which is always great. We spent the afternoon painting at the park, playing baby dolls and digging for shooting stars : )

T-Minus 36 Hours

After some last minute doggie-sitter complications and a whole lot of delicious pasta the first checkpoint, Denver was reached.

T-Minus 24 Hours

Started the day at 4:30am with a hotel shuttle to DIA for a tram to plane transition. Did my best to have a liter of water for every hour on the plane, people must have thought I had bad Chinese the night before with my frequent trips to the plane bathroom. Got into Orlando at 1pm.

This left exactly five hours for the following to be accomplished:
Get bags, pick-up rental car, drive straight to venue, assemble bike in parking lot, scope out transition, practice a few mounts, ride a few loops of the course, check out beach area, pick up packet, mandatory meeting at national training center, check into hotel, apply race-tats, and RELAX.

Only what actually happened was more like:
Pick up bags, wait in line at Budget car rental for 90minutes, which in that time I decide to assemble the bike (two birds with one piece of bread right?) Discover that somewhere in transit a spacer on my headset went missing, which meant the next stop had to be a bike shop. Get spacer, finishe assembly, change in bike shop bathroom while Justin grabs some groceries. Get to venue at 5:05pm to squeeze in a 30minute ride, 5 minute glance at transition, and a jog down to the beach to look at the swim buoys. Conclude venue preparation. Drive swiftly to the meeting and arrive fashionably late. Deep breath.

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Cliff Notes:

Swim:
Woof. Felt like a total re-introduction to swimming in open water. Had a lot of trouble sighting and getting into a rhythm the first 350 yards. At the first turn buoy things came together a bit, but the damage was done. 25th out of the water.

Bike:
Draft racing is now officially in my top five list of best things ever in the whole entire world. Was lucky to be with a few other girls who could truly ride and who were willing to hammer. We closed a 1:10 gap and went from the back of ‘C-pack’ to the lead of ‘B-pack” it was incredible. Averaged 23mph. 2nd fasted bike split.

Run:
A little deceiving. Thought I was moving faster than I was, but still happy with my overall performance. 6:44 pace

Overall: 14th place
Impressions: Completely solidified my desire and vision to race professionally.

Age Group Non Drafting Sprint

March 10th 2013

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Cliff Notes:

Lost an hour of sleep, because of the clock change. That one hour made waking up pretty darn impossible. I felt like that little kid begging their parents for JUST FIVE MORE MONUTES!

Swim:
Better than the first day. Go figure. Was a mass start, men and women together. Swim starts with dudes kind of suck. They go out SOOOO hard and so fast, like a horizontal aquatic boxing match, but then 200 yards in the pace comes to every couple strokes I seem to be making my way up somebody’s backside. Ran out the beach and everyone in the crowd was telling me that I was the first woman out (Which is like the best thing ever to hear)

Bike:
Felt solid on the bike. Lots of love to EK Endurance coaching for this development. Averaged 22mph solo.

Run:
Some days running is just truly fun, this was one of them.

Overall: First female
Impressions: While back to back racing might shred your body a bit, it is pretty freakin’ fun.

Ok. I know. I know.
Race Recaps aren't the most exciting of posts, so here is the comedic thought of the day.
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Here's to peace, training trip & palm trees,
Aubrey

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